- Question 2
- Sivert and Anna Westvick
raised their family of five girls to work on the homestead and cultivate
their land on the prairie.
With the vast open prairies waiting to be cultivated, Norwegian settlements
like New Norway valued families of boys, with strong backs to clear
the land and build the towns. The Westvick's first babies, however,
were twins girls, the first of five. Sivert Westvick resigned himself
to this fate. Instead of setting his family to work on the land, he
steered them toward music, ideas and education. Sivert lured a piano
teacher to New Norway with an offer of cheap rent. She became the
piano teacher for his daughters--and for most of the children in New
Norway--and music became an enduring family tradition that has been
passed along through generations.